Mr Osborne's newly announced plans to scale back cuts and raise taxes brings him in line with policy positions promoted by his Lib Dem coalition partners during the last parliament.
In a surprise move, the Chancellor tells MPs that his much-criticised plans to cut tax credits to working families are to be abandoned entirely.
The arrival of Narendra Modi, leader of the world's largest democracy, is described by David Cameron as a "historic opportunity". But protesters condemn his record on free speech and human rights.
The timing of today┐s HSBC announcement couldn┐t be any more convenient - and there are signs that George Osborne may respond in a way that will please the bank.
UK consumer prices turned negative in April for the first time, falling to -0.1 per cent. Good news for consumers - but is there a downside?
The economy finally picked up momentum in 2013. But what is worrying for George Osborne about today's GDP figures is how they suggest that momentum ebbing away over the last year.
A new survey says Britain┐s chief financial officers are so worried about the general election that they┐ve started to rein in spending - a worrying development for the UK economy.